I have a serious issue that I believe could be dangerous. How do I fix this?

Caroline ThompsonCaroline Thompson SeattlePosts: 5Member
I just adopted a five year old Weimaraner named Kai from a woman who no longer had time for her four days ago. She was very sweet to my three year older daughter and I after about five minutes of being shy. I also have a ten week old puppy and a six year old neutered male, both golden retrievers. Kai is also spayed. She and my six year old golden growled at each other a lot at first and still do occasionally. They are always supervised and I am easily able to correct this with a firm "No" and sometimes a nudge if needed. Beau has never been allowed on the furniture, and neither was Kai at her previous home, but when she decided to get on the couch I allowed it because I liked the cuddles. I allowed Beau to join us. Two days later, Kai took my spot on the couch and when I asked her to move she growled and showed her teeth. I stopped allowing her on the couch after that but have had her growl and snap at me for other things and almost bite me when she wanted my food. Please help.

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  • DeaDea NHPosts: 7,176Member ✭✭✭
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    Sounds to me like the woman either lied to you about why she re-homed her or she's testing her boundaries. I would contact a good trainer/behaviorist that is experienced with aggression. The fact that you have a 3 year old daughter and a puppy is a problem if any of her behaviors worsen. I would NOT let her near your daughter or the puppy until you get her behavior under control. It could be the boundary thing/adjustment period, but I don't think having your daughter or the puppy getting hurt is worth guessing. Also, keep in mind, Weimaraners are working/hunting dogs. Generally, working dogs are not content being just couch potatoes/house pets. Maybe long walks and games of fetch might help diffuse some of her energy that she's using to push you guys around. At least it might help until you find a good behaviorist. Good Luck! Please keep us posted in the behavior forum on this site.


  • MrsMadeleineMrsMadeleine Posts: 9Member

    In case you still have this problem or someone else has a similiar problem.. I am going to give you some advice. First, get the dogs OFF the furniture, all of them! For dominant minded dogs, being on your bed or furniture like a couch or armchair, is like giving them a throne and saying "you are the King of my home!". Make sure your dogs are exercised in some way, EVERY DAY. Not just a slow walk around the block, but allow them to run, chase after a ball, frisbee or beside a bike... Give your dogs a variety of dog cushions around the house, you have three dogs, so put down 3 large and comfortable cushions. Never pet or give your dogs any positive attention when they are being pushy, that only reinforces the behaviour. Give your three dogs their meals at the same time, supervised, each dish a safe distance apart, preferably twice a day. Teach your dogs to Sit, Wait and Okay commands before allowing them to eat, you will have to teach them seperately until they all get it. If they don't eat right away, take the food away. Make sure they have top quality food that they love. Never free choice feed, its an invitation for anarchy. I guarantee that if you follow these rules, your dogs' behaviour will be 100% better than it has been. Dogs need a leader, and right now, your dogs are the leaders of your home. I have lost count how many times I have seen this problem. You can get more information on my website, the advice is free

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